Tabiat Bridge

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Tabiat Bridge
Tabiat Bridge by Nasimonline 1.jpg
Coordinates 35°45′N 51°25′E / 35.75°N 51.42°E / 35.75; 51.42Coordinates: 35°45′N 51°25′E / 35.75°N 51.42°E / 35.75; 51.42
Crosses Modares Expressway
Locale Tehran, Iran
Official name Pole Tabiat
Website www.tabiatbridge.com
Characteristics
Design Footbridge
History
Designer Leila Araghian
Contracted lead designer Diba Tensile Architecture
Construction start 2010
Construction end 2014
Tabiat bridge map.JPG
Tabiat Bridge designed by Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi, Sahar Yasaei- ref: Diba Tensile Architecture
a view of Tehran Tabiat Bridge - ref: Diba Tensile Architecture

The Tabi'at Bridge (Persian: Pole Tabiat‎ which literally means Nature Bridge) is the largest pedestrian overpass built in Tehran, Iran. The 270-metre (890 ft) bridge connects two public parks—Taleghani Park and Abo-Atash Park—by spanning Modarres Expressway, one of the main highways in northern Tehran.[1] The word tabiat means "nature" in the Persian language.[1][2]

The bridge was designed by Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi/ Diba Tensile Architecture.[1] It has won several awards, including the Popular Choice Prize for Highways & Bridges from the Architizer A+ Awards, a global architectural competition based in New York,[3][4] and the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[5]

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Tabiat Bridge was designed by Leila Araghian as part of a local competition for the design of a bridge to connect two parks in north Tehran which were separated by a highway.[6] In designing the bridge, a process which took a total of a year, Araghian wanted it to "be a place for people to stay and ponder, not simply pass."[6] To achieve this the bridge is not straight and contains benches and seating.[4]

Construction of the bridge started in 2010, using a total of 2000 tonnes of steel and 10000 cubic metres of concrete before it was finished in October 2014.[4] Construction of the bridge over a large highway was described as a big challenge, with platforms and temporary tunnels built to ensure that nothing fell onto the road below.[4]

The sunset view

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Coordinates: 35°45′16″N 51°25′13″E / 35.7545°N 51.4204°E / 35.7545; 51.4204